Four schools improved enough to exit Tennessee’s list of lowest-performing schools, the state announced Friday, and they’re all located in Memphis.
The schools, including one within the state-run Achievement School District, are:
- Mitchell High, Shelby County Schools;
- Treadwell Elementary, Shelby County Schools;
- Northwest Prep Academy, Shelby County Schools;
- Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School, Achievement School District.
The moves are significant, as only 16 percent of “priority” schools have moved off of the state’s 2012 and 2014 lists.
This is only the third time an ASD school has left the priority list, said Bobby White, the turnaround district’s executive director of external affairs. He said that Brick Church College Prep and Humes Preparatory Middle exited the list previously. The ASD was created in 2012 to bolster the state’s lowest-performing schools and now oversees 32 schools in Nashville and Memphis.
The state’s priority list is released every three years and includes the bottom 5 percent of schools, which could see state intervention. Memphis has historically contained a significant portion of schools on the state’s list of priority schools.
The Department of Education has postponed the release of this year’s full list to next summer. On Friday, it released several smaller lists, including schools eligible to leave and schools that are close.
Seven schools were named “priority improving” schools by the state, meaning they did well, but not quite well enough to exit the list:
- Westwood High School, Shelby County Schools
- A. Maceo Walker Middle, Shelby County Schools
- Sherwood Middle, Shelby County Schools
- Lucie E. Campbell Elementary, Shelby County Schools
- Lester Prep, Achievement School District
- John B. Whitsitt Elementary, Davidson County
- Inglewood Elementary, Davidson County
The state also oversees more than 200 “focus schools,” which are schools struggling to close achievement gaps based on race, poverty, disabilities and language. Fifteen schools exited the focus school list, the state said Friday, and another 20 made significant improvements. See the full list on the state’s website.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more context around the ASD’s exit.